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November / December 2013 Newsletter

November / December 2013

 

Dear Friends,

This November/December letter is our 7th holiday greeting since we launched 1in6 in 2007.  It’s our great pleasure to wish each and every one of you and your family, friends and colleagues a happy and healthy holiday season as we say goodbye to 2013 and welcome in 2014.

September and October were especially important months for 1in6 with use of our programs increasing dramatically, the launch of a new national thought partnership, the addition of new board member Marcellus Wiley and our first “funder briefing” on the issue of male childhood sexual abuse. 

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The 1in6.org website continues to serve more men and their loved ones than ever before and use of our 24/7 Online SupportLine has continued to increase dramatically in 2013.  We expect the SupportLine to serve well over 800 individuals this year, a 33% increase over 2012.  Our Online Lending Library continues to provide cost-free books and other resources to those in need, and our webinars are training and supporting a growing number of professionals each month.

We also launched, through our Community Education and Outreach Program, The “1 in 6 Men On Campus (M.O.C.) National Task Force”  that provides national leadership, through partnership and collaboration around college-based awareness efforts and support resources.  The over 30 member committee is committed to creating a virtual and in-person support system for campus programs interested in improving their existing services around sexual abuse education, professional training, outreach and awareness campaigns. 

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We are excited to welcome Marcellus Wiley to the 1in6 Board of Directors.  Marcellus is a former All-Pro defensive end, current NFL analyst for ESPN and a co-host of ESPN2’s SportsNation and Max & Marcellus on 710 AM ESPN Radio Los Angeles. Wiley regularly appears on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in the Morning, NFL Live, SportsCenter, and ESPN NEWS, while also contributing to ESPN’s Super Bowl coverage.

A native of Compton, California, Marcellus attended Saint Monica Catholic High School where he graduated as the school’s Valedictorian and member of the National Honor Society. At Columbia University he played tailback, defensive end, and kick returner for the Lions. Marcellus was a first team All-American, an All-Ivy League pick, and was inducted into the Ivy League Hall of Fame in 2013.

Marcellus was selected out of Columbia University with the 22nd pick of the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. After four seasons with the Bills, he played for the San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars. He was selected to the AFC Pro Bowl team in 2001, as a member of the San Diego Chargers. He is now retired from the NFL after playing a total of 10 seasons.

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On October 15th the Southern California Grantmakers (SCG), along with the Annenberg Foundation, The Bettingen Corporation, The Durfee Foundation and The Weingart Foundation hosted a funder briefing in Los Angeles on the issue of male childhood sexual abuse, featuring 1in6 as a key presenter.   This was the first time in the history of our field that such a briefing took place, and it was attended by many foundations and major donors in the Los Angeles area.  The follow up letter from SCG President, Christine Essel sums up perfectly the presentation and hoped for results (http://www.socalgrantmakers.org/Letter-from-the-President).  Please consider forwarding the link to those individuals who may be interested in our work.

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In closing, let me thank you again for your generous support of our work.  As always, you have my word that your investment will realize dividends beyond measure.

Happy holidays!

Steve LePore

Steve LePore
Founder, Executive Director

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